A Brief and Fascinating History of Agriculture

September 27, 2018
Rice Fields

Picture of a rice field across from my house in Bali. Notice the forested area in the background.

The word agriculture brings to mind rustic images of villages covered in long, green fields of wheat, rice or maize (corn) and farmers sowing seeds, removing weeds or ploughing the fields. It feels like something that has existed forever, something we take for granted. We know that agriculture is what provides us our food and therefore is as vital to us as the air we breathe or the water we drink. But is it really? Let’s see.

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